Train operating company, Northern, has introduced new cheaper tickets for passengers travelling throughout its network area including the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle and Bentham lines. With effect from Sunday 4 September, an Off-Peak Day Return fare will be launched for trains timed to depart after 0930 Monday to Friday and any time at weekends and Bank Holidays. The new fare prices are 15% lower than the current Anytime Day Return tickets.

This means the day return fare from Settle to Leeds is cut by £2.30 to just £12.50 while a Carlisle to Skipton day return will be reduced to £25.20 from £29.70.  Travellers between Bentham and Skipton will save £1.60 with the new price of £8.80.  These new fares represent great value for local people and visitors to the area alike.  Holders of any national railcards will receive a further discount of one third.

Meanwhile, the Settle Carlisle Day Ranger ticket is still available for travel between Leeds-Settle-Carlisle (and Bradford Forster Square).  At £15, less any railcard discounts, it allows a whole day of travel on the line in both directions.

Local residents who live in eligible postcodes can apply for a Dales Railcard and benefit from that additional one third off their travel costs.  Northern has announced that the price of the railcard will be cut by 50% from Sunday 4 September until Saturday 20 May 2017.  This means that the card will cost just £6.50 for a whole year.  The Dales Railcard can be purchased online at settle-carlisle.co.uk, where full details about eligibility can be found.

These new prices have been welcomed by the Settle Carlisle Railway Development Company, which promotes the two lines.  General Manager, Drew Haley, said:

“These changes to fares represent fantastic value for rail users in this area.  When combined with the reduced-price local Dales Railcard, some amazing value tickets are now available.  We hope this will encourage locals and tourists to leave the car at home and make the most of the Northern services”.

Visit settle-carlisle.co.uk for more information about the Dales Railcard and services on the Settle-Carlisle and Bentham lines.